A collage of all of the feels anime featured within this article

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Anime Feels Starter Pack

Despite our best efforts, there are some anime shows that just leave us with a big gaping hole in our hearts. We even vow to never want to feel that way again, but what do we do? We jump right back in to a story that we know is going to be a feels trip. Why? Because we love it!

So with that, here is my top lineup of shows that are sure to get the feels flowing.

Do note, tissues are recommended.

Your Lie in April
The main characters of the show all lying on the grass

Your Lie In April

Description

The human metronome; that is what he is known as. Kousei Arima is a piano prodigy, just like his mother always wanted. However, after the passing of his mother, he finds he can no longer hear the notes. His life now colorless, he leaves the piano behind. Until a chance meeting with a beautiful violinist, Kaori Miyazono, restored color to his world.


My thoughts

Your Lie in April is a beautiful story, through and through. Even if you aren't a fan of music, go for it, you will be glad you did. However, I will have to warn you, it is quite a tear jerker. Not only does the main protagonist have his own issues, with his mother passing and all, but you will find out that the beauty of the show, Kaori, also has some problems behind her cheerful, firecracker personality.

You will laugh. You will cry. You will enjoy it every step of the way.


Plastic Memories
The main characters of the show, Tsukasa and Isla

Plastic Memories

Description

Tsukasa has failed his college entrance exams, but thanks to some connections he manages to land a job at Sion Artificial Intelligence Corporation, or SAI Corp, a company that creates Giftias. Giftias are highly advanced humanoid robots that can't be told a part from actual humans; their only flaw is there relatively short lifespan: nine years and four months. Afterward, they begin to deteriorate quickly and become hostile. That is where SAI Corp's Terminal Service One comes in; they are in charge of retrieving Giftias.

Tsukasa first partner at his new job is a beautiful girl named Isla, to his shock, she is a Giftia. As they work closely together, he begins to develop feelings for her...but, he doesn't know just how much time she has left.


My Thoughts

As you can tell from my description, you know it's going to get hella emotional at the end. That's not really a spoiler. You know what you are signing yourself up for when you see them first introduced. A little voice in the back of your head just goes, "Oh no."

Still, this is a beautiful love story. Also, it's something I could see happening if technology ever gets to this point. These "machines" are to the point where you have to question, are they really just "machines"? Worse yet is the job that someone like Tsukasa has, where they must retrieve the "robots". Man. Just thinking about this show is giving me a feels attack again.

Tissues...lots of tissues.


Golden Time
The beautiful faces of the main characters, Kouko and Banri

Golden Time

Description

Banri was your average high school kid, then a tragic accident left him with amnesia. He manages to push on with his life, getting into a law school in Tokyo; starting over. There he meets some new friends, in particular, Kouko, a girl that has been obsessed with his new friend Mitsuo since childhood. Over time, these new friends become good friends, and even a few romances bloom.

But..he has glimpses, or times, when he returns to his old self, before the accident. In a battle between his old and new self, will Banri be able to win?


My Thoughts

I promise, no one dies in this one. However, it's still quite the heart trip. Basically, we are tagging along with a guy who is quite literally starting over. We get to see him make friends that will last a lifetime. A love bloom that you won't want to let go of, even if she is kind of annoying. Then...the curveball. His battle between his past self and current self, not to mention his friends, that have no idea about his accident, trying to understand. THEN there is someone from his past, that is his friend in the present, trying to watch over him.

The end result? A rollercoaster feels ride. A great one, too.


Toradora!
All of the main characters from the show

Toradora!

Description

Takasu is a gentle high school student who has a love for housework and cleaning. As a sharp contrary to his personality, his intimidating face usually gives people the wrong, first impression of him. On the other hand, we have Taiga, nicknamed the "Palmtop Tiger," she looks to be a gentle, small, loving girl, but looks can be quite deceiving. Her personality is one that is feisty and ruthless, hence her nickname.

By chance, these two students paths are about to cross, and change their lives forever.


My Thoughts

Again, a good story where no one dies! This is a pretty good slice of life / school anime, with plenty of drama and feels to go along with it. There are so many scenes throughout this show that will have you in near tears, and there are plenty more that will have you laughing your butt off. My advice? Enjoy the feels coaster.

You might want a tissue or two, just in case.


Re:Zero
Subaru and Emilia - This image really captures the drama of the show

Re:Zero

Description

Subaru is just your ordinary person, shopping for some cheap foot at a local mart on street corner. Whenever he leaves...he is suddenly transported to another world. Looking around, it looks like something out of a fantasy novel. Subaru soon gets himself wrapped up in countless problems, some that even get him killed. Except he doesn't stay dead. Somehow, he is taken back to a specific point in time and restarts from there.

Now the question is, what does he do with this power, that he can't tell anyone about?


My Thoughts

You have probably heard of this show by now, I mean, it's really popular. Also, Rem is perfect. Anyway...this show is quite the feels trip. However, it's feelsy in a far different way than the previous shows I've listed. Put simply, Subaru is put through hell.

Not only does he die, but he dies multiple times. This soon affects his decision making and mentality, and, I don't blame him one bit. He dies pretty gruesomely sometimes. Then here we are, knowing all that Subaru knows, and what he's been through, except no one else knows even half of what he has done.

There are funny episodes. There are sad episodes. Then, there is death. Lots of death.

Mentally prepare for this journey, for sure.


There you have it. My Anime Feels Starter Pack, tears assured. For extra special sniffles, as in if these aren't enough, you can always go for Clannad/Clannad After Story. Haven't experienced it personally, but I've heard it's quite emotional.

You might of noticed, but I grouped the suggestions by their commonality. The first two (Your Lie in April / Plastic Memories) have some...significant...drama near the ending of each; then, the next two (Golden Time / Toradora) are more relationship drama based; lastly, Re:Zero follows it all up for the ultimate action / drama feels kicker.

That is all I have for you this time. If these aren't enough then...well...go use my random anime generator and find some more anime to make you cry. There's an idea, maybe I should make a "Feels Train" category...Hmmm.